An intrepid 60–year–old is preparing to scale North Africa’s highest peak in aid of Parkinsons research.
Dave Pitt, from Milford, will take on an overseas challenge of a lifetime when he attempts to reach the summit of Toubkalin in Morocco.
Navigating his way through steep rocky terrain at heights of more than 4,100 metres, Dave decided to sign–up for the gruelling feat after his wife Ann was diagnosed with Parkinsons three years ago.
He is hoping to raise £2,500 for Parkinsons UK with the arduous adventure. The charity estimates that around 10,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.
Dave said: “My motivation to take part in Trek Toubkal is based on a wish to help my wife who has Parkinson’s and our friends at the local Parkinson’s UK support group who have the condition for which there is currently no cure.
“I wish to make my own personal contribution to the effort, time and resources that so many people are putting into Parkinson’s research up and down the country. I recognise that funding spent on Parkinson’s research will have a beneficial impact in the future.”
The route Dave will follow will take in colourful villages and will end at the ancient and bustling city of Marrakech.
His efforts will be rewarded by seeing the beauty of the High Atlas mountains that run south west through Morocco which are remote, barren and awe inspiring.
Dave continued: “I am looking forward to meeting new like-minded people on the trek and the challenge of climbing a mountain is exciting - although a little daunting - as I haven’t done anything like this before.”
Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “ Scaling heights of over 4,000 metres is a huge challenge and we are incredibly grateful to Dave for his support.
“I hope that Dave will have an experience he will never forget, and that his success will encourage others to take part in future overseas events for the charity.”
Dave hopes to raise over £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK.
To sponsor Dave visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davepitt